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Generation: The Centre for the Study of Youth, Children and Families Mission and Ministry

Generation: The Centre for the Study of Youth, Children and Families (YCF) Mission and Ministry aims to provide a space for research and conversations on evangelical approaches to ministry and mission among YCF, including a focus on how children, youth and families are integrated into the life of the church.

About the Centre

Generation will host termly forums aimed at practitioners and academics seeking to explore the theology of YCF ministry. As such, Generation aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in YCF ministry and grapple with the theological issues it raises.

While based at Cliff, Generation will also work with a range of significant partners working in the area of YCF ministry, and a Council of Reference will ensure that the centre focuses on issues that are relevant and timely for those working in this area.

The Co-Directors of the Centre are Gareth Crispin (Programme Lead for the BA Mission and Ministry) and Ed Mackenzie (Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission).

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Past and upcoming activities

Our next forum takes place on Monday 14 February and will explore the theme of evangelism to youth, children and families in a secular age. Speakers will be announced soon, and booking will open later in 2021 - keep an eye on this page for details.

Our previous forums were titled Why do we do what we do? Reflecting theologically on youth, children and families' mission and ministry and How are children spiritual? Exploring the relationship between evangelical theology and children’s spirituality. You can watch the presentations from these two previous forums below.

If you have any queries about the Centre, please get in touch with Gareth Crispin (g.crispin@cliffcollege.ac.uk) or Ed Mackenzie (e.mackenzie@cliffcollege.ac.uk).